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Saskatchewan Polytechnic raises Métis flag for Louis Riel Memorial Day

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is flying the Métis flag at its four main campuses 

November 15, 2017 – On Thursday, November 16 Saskatchewan Polytechnic will fly the Métis flag at our four main campuses in recognition of Louis Riel Memorial Day. This day celebrates the life of Louis Riel, a Canadian politician who represented the Métiss’ interests.

“We are proud to raise the Métis flag in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon,” says Jason Seright, director, Indigenous Strategy. “Raising the Métis flag for Louis Riel Memorial Day is an important part of indigenization at Sask Polytech. We want our Indigenous students to know they are valued members of our community.”

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate the life, challenges and contributions of one of Canada's most notable historical figures.

Moose Jaw Campus 9 a.m. Flag raising.
11:30 a.m.

Traditional meal provided by Sioux Chef catering, cupcakes, jigging and a Louis Riel/Métis display.

Prince Albert Campus 9:15 a.m. Flag raising with Metis national anthem sung by Kim Kuzak
10 a.m. Tea, cookies and a presentation about the Métis sash in the Library
12 p.m. Métis Trivia Challenge game in the Library
4 p.m.

Riverside Jigging Club and bannock and coffee in the Library

Regina Campus 1 p.m. Louis Riel presentation by Wendy Gervais
1:30 p.m. Flag raising
Saskatoon Campus 9 a.m.

Flag raising, greetings from Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO and singing and fiddling performed by St. Michael’s Community School

Guided by the principles of reconciliation, Sask Polytech aims to create long-term positive change. By putting students' needs first, the Indigenous Student Success Strategy created an Indigenization Declaration that guides efforts to ensure students can see themselves and their culture reflected throughout the institution.

We indigenize by holistically integrating Indigenous ways of knowing, teaching, and learning within all of the institutional practices, procedures and services we provide to students, staff and communities. This results in Indigenous people seeing themselves and their realities reflected throughout our institution. It also results in non-Indigenous people gaining the skills and knowledge that enable them to work with and live alongside their Indigenous neighbours knowledgeably and respectfully.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.